The meaning of
OM NAMO NARAYANAYA
The meaning of OM NAMO NARAYANAYA
Sanskrit is the language of the Gods. Through Sanskrit, masters can create anything because in Sanskrit all word have the same vibration as the object itself. The master just speaks the words and, through the energy, that object gets created out of the ether. So the words here come from God. Especially, the Name of God has the same vibration as God, i.e. the Name of God IS God. God creates His own Name.
What does “Namo” mean?
It’s the same as Nama or Namaha, and it depends where the word is in the sentence (just grammatically). For example, Om Namo Narayanaya and OM Narayana Namaha are both correct. The root is Namaha.
Na – not
mo – mine
“Nama” means also ‘I give my respect, my salutation’.
What does Narayana mean?
It means God, but if we break it down:
Nara means imperishable or eternal which is a quality of the Divine. Whatever is eternal is Divine and the other way around, whatever is Divine is eternal. Nara means also human, like Narasimha, which means Man-Lion.
Now, what is eternal in humans? It is the Soul, the Atma. So here, Nara stands for the Atma.
The difference between the Soul and God is not in quality, but in quantity. Nara is the drop and Narayana is the ocean.
Ayana means a few different things:
a) resting in place
b) the journey
c) the goal of the journey
Now we put it together, and:
1. The Atma rests inside God (all creation is inside God). This means that everything and everywhere at any time is God. Whatever you think of, big or small, God is already there, and even beyond it. Which means that God is present where other things are not present. That means that God is beyond creation, but creation is infinitive and is infinitely creating new creation, so God is infinitely beyond the infinite creation. And that’s God.
You might think that creation had an end. Once talking to Guruji, he said, “No, creation is infinitive and God is creating new creation. God is still beyond that because He is not bound by His creation.
This knowledge that God is beyond His creation is meant to invoke awe in us. Like looking at a mountain, you can’t conquer a mountain. That’s to remind us that we cannot control God, that we are so infinitely small.
2. He who rests in the Soul, He who rests in His creation. This is to show that God is smaller than the smallest, and bigger than the biggest. He is intimately part of His creation, He is in every thought, every part of the body, every person in front of you, in your breath, in your heart. God does not care about any duality, about good and bad, because God is both and beyond both.
God is beyond everything, you can’t limit Him at all. Some people say He is only Christ, He is only Krishna, He’s only Allah. Some say God is not this or that, but it doesn’t make sense, because you’re limiting Him. God is everything, and you can’t limit Him. Just OM Namo Narayanaya shows the grand paradox of God.
God is infinitely close and infinitely far away.
3. Ayana also means the goal: so the goal of the Soul is to become one with God, to attain God, to love God, but if you add Namo (not mine), the responsibility to attain the goal is not mine but His. The goal of the Soul is not my business. It’s His. How it will bem how it will look, that’s your business.The soul is only subsevient to God. It’s by His Grace that you’re on this path. Your duty, your dharmam, and the purpose of the soul, is to love God.
4. Ayana also means the way: the way to attain God, the Cosmic Love, is to Love.So the goal is God and the way is God, the goal is Love and the way is Love, but if we add in Namo, even the way is not may business. My spiritual development is not my business, it’s His business. My only business is to Love, right now, God. Everything else is his business.Like in the Main Kriya (of Atma Kriya Yoga by Mahavatar Babaji), it is not my business which karma is burned, my business is just to enjoy kriya.All of that is in three simple words: Om Namo Narayanaya.Out of his love for you, he (Guruji) won’t force anything in us. Because God loves us so much, He gives us free will. That’s one of the supreme signs of love it let the other person be free, even if they act against you, and Guruji shows that every day. How often people have gotten upset with him, but his love for us never changes. His Love is supreme.
To Love more. It is be more Divine, to be more free, and be more wise, but He will not force that on you.If you ever think God / Guruji is upset with you, do this: put your hands on your heart and feel your heartbeat, because woh is making the heart beat? It’s God, nobody else. He’s giving us the breath and making our heart beat.
Om Namo Narayanaya is a Maha Mantra; maha means great, it’s a great mantra. It means all the other mantras reside inside Om Namo Narayanaya. Om Namah Shivaya, the Gayatri Mantra, whatever other mantra you can think of, are inside Om Namo Narayanaya. Then the question arises: well, I heard the same about Om Nama Shivaya and the Gayatri Mantra and the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra; I heard they too are Maha Mantras, so it seems paradoxical. Which one do we chant?
Well, when you become ONE with the mantra you will see Oneness, but before that, there are certain qualities that the mantra manifests.
The first quality is, that it calms the judging mind. And when your mind is sincerly quiet, Cosmic Love will manifest by Itself. Om Namo Narayanaya also carries the mercy of the Lord. Maybe you can feel that it is more calm and merciful than other mantras. It calms the anger of Narasimhadev.